August 28, 2017

Oakland Stands United

Snapshots from the heart of Oakland

By OMCA Staff

This morning, we walked into the Oak Street Plaza after a turbulent weekend in the Bay Area, and an especially busy weekend at the Museum, to find a rainbow of chalk colors and a vibrant spectrum of words from our community. The flurry of chalk messages came in response to this prompt we put on Friday:

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” — James Baldwin, No Name in the Street, 1972

These wise words come from the luminous African-American writer James Baldwin, and it’s been on our mind during the past few weeks. There are times when turning to the words of great thinkers and revolutionaries is exactly what we need in order to heal, reflect, and find a way to move forward. 

Here’s a snapshot of your voices at work from over the weekend, captured in time in simple chalk with a big, heartfelt impact. 

What do you see in your community that shows how #OaklandStandsUnitedAgainstHate? How do you share your voice?